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Bastrop homeWhen you are ready to sell your Bastrop home, you may not always want to or have time to wait for the Spring market. If you attempt to sell your home during the fourth quarter, is it even possible or should you just give up before you start? Here’s the real answer on when you should sell your home.

Sell your home when you want or need to sell your home but you need to position your home for the current market when you are ready to sell. What does that mean about fourth quarter? Don’t assume you can’t sell it when in fact there are some great advantages to listing your home in fourth quarter.

The biggest advantage you will have if you attempt to sell your home during the final quarter of the year is the lack of available homes on the market. Many

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101 Sandpiper DriveAre you ready to build your dream home? Let one of these lots in ColoVista Country Club be your future home. Located in the Meadows Section of the development, these lots are ready for you to begin building right away or you may wait up to 12 months. The lots vary from 0.21-0.24 acres.

107 Egret DriveYou will love living in ColoVista. A professionally managed golf course, The Mansion at ColoVista events venue for weddings and other events and the seasonal pool are just some of the things you will enjoy. With an acceptable offer, the developer will include a one year golf of pool membership so you can start enjoying all that ColoVista has to offer right away.

For more information about individual lots, please view them here.

101 Sandpiper Drive

103 Sandpiper

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Rockin' for the RanchStep back in time to poodle skirts and leather jackets and the legendary music of the 50’s and 60’s for one night during Rockin’ for the Ranch, a benefit gala supporting the Down Home Ranch. The evening will include drinks, food, live music and a live and silent auction. Dinner will be provided by Uptown Café. Tickets are available for individuals, couples, children and reserved tables.

The Down Home Ranch is a  410 acre working farm east of Austin. Their mission is to empower the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, educational, residential and vocational opportunities. This event is sure to entertain you for the evening with lots of fun while advancing the mission of Down Home Ranch.

When: Saturday,

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Buying a homeIf you are currently renting a home but have been thinking about buying a new home in Bastrop, make sure to do the math before you decide if renting or buying is most advantageous for you. Historically, there have been times that renting was your best option but just when you think that’s the case, the inventory shifts and rent prices increase. Where are things currently?

In many markets today, rent prices have increased to a level that makes renting a home more expensive than buying a home. Before you take the plunge into homeownership, there are many questions you should ask yourself. Here are the top five.

1. How long do you plan to stay in the home? No matter what the price of the home, if you won’t be there for at least a few years, it is

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705 ColoradoMake your dreams come true at this home on the Colorado River. There is plenty of space with four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom, a 2-car garage and 2,538 square feet of living space. Sitting on 1.69 acres of manicured land deep in the heart of Smithville, you will love your surroundings.

705 ColoradoAn oak and ash tree lined driveway leads you to the stone ranch-style home that sits back from the road. The extra-large living room boasts a stone fireplace and exposed beams that provides you the perfect place to relax. Stainless steel appliances have been added to the kitchen. The spacious laundry room offers good storage. Other recent updates to the home include new wood laminate floors in the bedroom wing and recent remodeling of the

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OZ! The MusicalMore than 100 years ago, L. Frank Baum wrote what would become a classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The book was followed by a broadway musical adaptation and eventually the classic movie that has been enjoyed for many years.

Audiences still love to escape to Oz and Munchkinland with a trip down the yellow brick road. Bastrop Opera House will show OZ! The Musical at various times over the next two weeks. Tickets range from $8-$14 depending on your age and can be purchased at Bastrop Opera House or online.

Make plans to escape to Oz before its too late.

When: Various dates and times September 14-29.

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX 78602

For more information about OZ! The Musical or to purchase tickets, click

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Curb AppealShorter days and cooler temps (hopefully) are some of the first signs of fall. While fall can be a beautiful time of year with crisp colors, less humid days and recovering green grass now that the hottest temperatures have passed, many times your hard has suffered under harsh heat and dry weather during the summer months leaving your yard looking less than inviting. With summer departing, what can you do to make your home and yard look its best?

  • If it’s dead or drab, ditch it. Flowers, shrubs, old pine needles or mulch. If it looks faded or brown, opt for fresh to make your home stand out from the neighbors.
  • Take a look at your grass and see how it faired in the summer heat. Fall is a good time to perform some much needed maintenance such as
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121 Riverwalk Golf Lovers-This is Home! This beautiful corner lot at ColoVista Country Club will be the perfect space for your dream home. Located on the #17 tee box, this lot has much to offer.

Build your dream home with your choice of builders and enjoy all that ColoVista has to offer. From an award winning 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and walking trails, there are many opportunities for recreational activities. The community pool overlooks the Colorado River and provides resort style swimming and relaxing for you. With all ColoVista has to offer, you will wonder why you didn’t build here sooner.121 Riverwalk

For more information or to see additional photos of this home, visit here.

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and

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Johnny CashThis weekend you will want to Walk the Line to the Bastrop Opera House for a truly spectacular Johnny Cash Tribute Show. Bennie Wheels will perform two can’t miss shows on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Bennie’s shows regularly sell out and are as authentic as you can get to relive the greatest songs from The Man in Black.

The show will highlight Johnny Cash, June Carter and The Tennessee Three in the most authentic tribute to Johnny Cash. If you never got the chance to see him in person, this is the next best thing. 

When: Friday and Saturday, September 7th and 8th at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street, Bastrop, TX 78602

For more information, visit here.  

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area

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Home OwnersIf you are thinking about selling your Bastrop home before too long or really at any time in the future, you will need to make sure you aren’t doing anything that might negatively affect the market value of your home. There are many things that can have an impact on your value and some of them you might not realize.

Deferred Maintenance
This can have a big impact if you ignore things for too long. You put off taking care of simple things in an effort to save money or time and those small things can really add up over time. Ignoring things like overgrown trees and bushes that are brushing the house or the roof and a rotting piece of trim on the house can really add up if you allow them to cause damage that then has to be repaired. Through deferred

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